Update, Reminder

First off, my newest novella (The Perfect Murder) is being released on Halloween! It is a satirical/Dark Comedy How To guide to committing the perfect murder told by an inmate of a women’s prison, as recorded by her psychiatrist. Originally it was titled, “The Monologues of a Murder,” but I like #TPM better. If you would like to be reminded so you can pick it up I have an event posted on my Author page

The Perfect Murder

Secondly, make sure to like my page because with the new release I’m randomly selecting five people for a free copy. AND it is the best place for the latest updates on my writing! I know it may seem like I am a flake as I don’t write much on here, but lately I have been posting more on my Author Courtney M. Wendleton page than ever! I even released some information about another new book that might be released in time for Christmas! I also love hearing from everyone, so drop in say hi and have a little chat.

Third, I am still trying to raise money to produce my first audio book. I have raised $100, but am still far from my goal. Every little bit helps, and I can throw in a free copy of one of my books as a donation prize over $10. you can find it at https://www.gofundme.com/fs48u8as Thank you soo much!

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Also I am still open for Author Spotlight Interviews. As well as entries for Sanctuary Edits!

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Weird Writer’s Block

Ever feel like getting into the writing zone is like pulling teeth until you hit a certain time of day (or night) when everything starts to just flow? I’ve noticed a pattern for myself, I try writing all day and most of the night but most of the time I can’t do it. It’s not until I hit my “golden hour” of four in the bloody morning, that I can write more than one paragraph.

I’m starting to nod off, staring at my tablet screen, with Eminem or some other singer serenading me to sleep and decide to call it a night at 3:50ish. Ten BAM! Four o’clock hits and I’m flooded with ideas that I have to write down or they’ll be gone in the morning.

It’s weird because only for that one hour, I can’t type fast enough to keep up with the multitude of ideas that strike for all the different projects I have going or different blog posts (such as this one), but the second the clock strikes five everything disappears and I can’t keep my eyes open.

And I’ve found that it doesn’t work if I go to sleep at like seven or eight and wake up at three thirty to wait for four. No, I have to be up all day and night just for that one hour of good writing time.

It ticks me off and makes my family think I’m either antisocial or just enjoy staying up all night watching Netflix and Hulu Plus. News Flash, most of the time I just have that stuff going on in the background for the noise. I’m sitting at my computer tuning out whatever I have playing, only occasionally looking up from the tablet when someone makes a loud sound. Rest of the time I’m trying to figure out how to make my characters corporate.

Copyright Gray Area

Anyone know the copyright laws on stuff like product placement in books or say using like an entire music album as a basis of the story? For example what they did with ABBA and Mamma Mia or The Beatles and Across the Universe.

Is it possible to use an entire album as inspiration for a book, title of one song as the book title? Or would that be grounds for lawsuit? Even if you give credit to the album, band and everything? I have a good story idea but all inspiration springs from a certain album. Technically three, but that would involve a whole triliogy and I’m obviously not ready for that yet. Lol

Writer’s Block

Now that Camp NaNoWriMo I over and Naturally Luna is finally finished, I can start focusing on other projects. One in particular is giving me trouble. The Price of War is not coming along as well as I would like it to.

The Price of War

I had the idea for it years ago when I was crazy with my psycho ex and exploring my spiritual (or lack of) side. The story started coming to me easily and I was happy. The farther I dug into my relationship and past life, the more I was spewing ideas. Eventually everything went sideways when we started having weird experiences.

Call me crazy but I believe in past lives and that he of my past lives was lead during WWII. My ex boyfriend was my husband from that life, that inspired the book.

I have a few details mapped out and some written. I also have an idea of how I want the thing to go but since he broke my heart (again) all creative juices for that book has sputtered out. I still want to write it, as it is the closest to me, but my past life is no longer talking to me.

It sucks but when I was with the jerk I was so in tuned with the past life I had started dreaming in German, which I don’t speak well in this life, but completely understood it in my dreams. My vivid dreams took me to different key points and I saw how I died. Didn’t stick around long for that one though…I know my husband had been a high ranking officer in the SS and a few other details but everything in between is mush.

Being with my ex also tapped his past life and we often had the exact same dreams nights in a row. Now I get to whine that the muse is lost and I no longer wake up speaking fluent German! How am I supposed to finish the novel if I can’t think/remember what happened? It’s not like I can Google the whole thing as I’m missing important information…names. Anytime I get close to having the names, I’m distracted or it’s right on the tip of my tongue and won’t come.

Finished Writing Rant

Camp NaNoWriMo ended a few days ago, and I finish my first full length novel! Now what? I have been working on that novel for well over a year, wrote a big chunk last month and the last thing I want is to reread it. Every bit of it is engrained in my head to the point I’m tired of it. It’s still my baby, but every parent needs a break now and then. It doesn’t mean we don’t love our children any less we just need a break.

Think about it, your so burnt out on writing this one novel that when you go back to edit you over look things. Then it gets bad reviews because of all the typos and you feel like you’ve let your readers and yourself down. So you have to have a grace period before going back to look at it. But what do you do in the mean time? How long do you take time away?

Too much time and you might forget about it. Too little time and it will drive you insane. What does one do while waiting to refresh the brain? Ideally I’d ship the book off to someone as a beta reader or editor, but my family is too busy to help and. I have not had good luck with others reading and giving me feedback.

I’ve said I don’t care if you love it or detest it, I just want honest feedback and those I send out copies to, I never hear from again. I try to work on other writings but nothing comes to me. Then I try to just rest and I become depressed because I’m not doing something productive. Dang’d if I do and dang’d if I don’t type of situation.

The month or so after finishing a book is just a confusing time for me and I needed to vent. Suggestions are always welcome.

#Research: When is Enough, Enough?

While we can all agree, research is an intricate part of writing, but too much can hurt one’s writing. Ever read a book and while the author explains some of the more obscure facts or items, they forget to explain all of them? For instance, say you are reading a book that involves deep knowledge of martial arts. They explain in detail the different movements, but don’t explain what a Dojo is or the difference between Taekwondo and Aikido. They continue talking about the movements involved, but not explaining certain moves belong with Taekwondo or Aikido. To a person who does not know the difference this can be confusing. (http://www.blackbeltwiki.com/martial-arts-styles) (The featured image above is Aikido, and below is Taekondo). While Dojo can easily be figured out from the context surrounding it, the different movements or clothes worn, cannot be differentiated by someone who does not already have an understanding of the arts.

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You might be saying, well if they don’t know the difference why are they reading the book in the first place? It doesn’t have to be a major topic in the book it could be anything. I may not be explaining this correctly, think of how Americans call potato chips, chips; but British call them crisps and french fries are chips. For someone who is not acquainted with this knowledge is going to be confused as to what the author is talking about if it is not explained. I think this is a result of too much research.

We get so caught up in the research and writing, that we forget others may not know what we mean. I understand that it is done in accident but how does one know when to stop researching? This is a reason we need editors and beta readers. They can tell us when there is not enough research done or an explanation given. However, when we are researching our chosen topics, we get lost in the facts and become hungry for the totality of knowledge so we don’t under research.

In a previous post, I have spoke of the amount of research I am doing for my WWII historical-fiction piece, The Price of War, and it is driving me insane. I feel like I don’t have enough research to cover the few elements I need, but at the same time I look at the pages of notes that I have and think I over did it.

New Hat

So it may seem that my blog and life are undergoing changes, as I find new things that I want to do. I’m still trying to figure out where my life is headed, which at 25 is a bit late in the game for me. I tend to procrastinate.

My blog is new, and I’m new to blogging so I expected to make changes as I go along. Which is why I named it Books and More, I knew I wanted to do book reviews, but I didn’t want to limit it to just that. I honestly thought I would have more on here about Doctor Who, Sherlock (TV series) or one of the other many fandoms I have been a part of.

While I’m in the midst of changing, starting a new school and adding different aspects to my blog, I’m also thinking about starting a little side business. I have been collaborating with an author to edit her next book. If she is happy with my work, maybe I could turn that into something. I know I probably wouldn’t get rich off of it, but I could make enough to be happy. Doesn’t take much Lol.

In my mind, I like to think that I don’t have over 110 followers for nothing and that they enjoy most of what I write. I would like to ensure them that I’m still going to be here posting and it should be pretty consistent context. I just hope the changes aren’t so drastic that y’all decided to unfollow me.